Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops and leading conservationist, in partnership with noted conservationists from around the country, is creating a world-class destination experience in Springfield, Mo. Wonders of Wildlife will be one of the largest, most immersive conservation attractions in the world.
Anchored by an all-new aquarium adventure and dynamic wildlife galleries, the 300,000-square -foot experience recreates natural environments, with an incredible and artistic eye for detail, inviting visitors to become fully embraced in a diversity of textures, colors, lighting, sounds and smells of nature from swamps to rainforests. Visitors of all ages will engage with nature like never before. Through thoroughly immersive environments and vibrant and exciting live animal habitats, Wonders of Wildlife showcases the beauty of wildlife and celebrates the critical role responsible hunting and fishing play in conserving the great outdoors, honoring past accomplishments and ongoing efforts.
“Responsible hunters and anglers are often the unsung heroes in conservation despite playing a significant role,” said Johnny Morris, the visionary behind the experience. “Our vision is to create a world-class experience that celebrates hunting, fishing and conservation in Springfield where half of the U.S. population lives within a day’s drive.”
America’s Conservation Capital – A must-see for outdoor enthusiasts
Wonders of Wildlife is just one component of a sprawling campus home to a number of unique amenities and experiences.
The National Archery Hall of Fame
seeks to preserve the sport’s history and tradition with more than 1,500 artifacts including a handmade bow made by the Native American Apache leader Geronimo. By honoring the outstanding men and women in the sport, the experience sends a message that anyone can enjoy archery as a gateway to appreciating the outdoors.
NRA National Sporting Arms Museum
showcases the development and evolution of hunting arms in America from colonial times to today. This free educational gallery is one of the premier sporting arms museums in the world. Home to nearly one thousand artifacts the museum tells the story of American icons such as Lewis and Clark and Theodore Roosevelt.